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2018 National Convention: Plenary Speaker Biographies

Dr. John Barnett
Dr. John Barnett
Plenary Speaker

Dr. Barnett has been teaching the Word of God for 30+ years. Born and raised in Michigan, John has studied at Michigan State University, Bob Jones University (B.S., B.A., M.A., M. Div.), The Master's Seminary (faculty and Th. M. work), Dallas Theological Seminary (Dr. of Biblical Ministry) and with Francis Schaeffer at L'Abri Fellowship.

John shares his life with Bonnie his beloved wife, and their eight wonderful children. As a home educating family, John and Bonnie teach children and teens with enthusiasm and love. In the past 30 years of uninterrupted ministry, John has served congregations in Michigan, Georgia, Rhode Island, California and Oklahoma before coming to the precious saints at Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2008. He has served on the Faculty of the Master’s College & Seminary. He was an Associate Pastor to Dr. John MacArthur at Grace Community Church for five years overseeing the Shepherding Ministries. During graduate school, John served as the Assistant Dean of Men at Bob Jones University for five years.

Called to the ministry as a young man—his passion remains prayer and the ministry of God's Word. As a global Christian, and having ministered the Word in 40 nations around the world, John's ministry is deeply touched by outreach and evangelism. Since 1978, in conjunction with Land of the Book Tours John has led dozens of study tours, retreats, travels, and pilgrimages with over 1,500 participants, and taught on site in 21 countries and on five continents. His Tours filmed onsite are available to watch online.

As a Seminary Professor of Theology, Church History and the English Bible, John's messages reflect the background of the Scripture from the ancient biblical world, the history of the church and the daily life in far corners of the planet. In 1998 a new ministry called Discover the Book Ministry was launched to provide electronic copies of Pastor John's audio, video, and text studies free of charge to pastors, missionaries, and other believers. Since then, this ministry has grown to serve saints in all 50 states and over 145 lands around the world, as well as through daily radio on a growing number of radio stations in the USA, Europe and the Caribbean.

Ellie Lofaro
Ellie Lofaro
Plenary Speaker

Ellie Lofaro is a respected Bible teacher, inspirational speaker and humorist.

Completely convinced of God’s love and His mandate to “go and tell,” Ellie has committed her life to share the Great News. She speaks internationally, has authored five books, has been published in numerous magazines and taught a weekly nondenominational Bible Study for 15 years.  She has taught in prisons across the globe. On two occasions, she has been honored by Focus on the Family as being “The Best of the Best.”   Ellie ’s message is a wonderful blend of plainspoken truth, common sense practicality, and disarming humor. A serious student of Scripture and a keen observer of the culture, she has developed a unique teaching style that touches the heart, stimulates the mind, and nourishes the soul — thus inspiring her to establish  Heart Mind & Soul Ministries. Ellie and her husband Frank (CEO of Prison Fellowship International), are native New Yorkers. They reside near the nation’s capital where they raised three children who turned into very likable adults. She loves travel, photography, long dinners, large masses of water and all things Italian.

Congressman Joseph R. Pitts
Hon. Joe Pitts
Plenary Speaker

U.S. Representative Joe Pitts served in Congress for 20 years, retiring in 2017 as a respected statesman known for his strong Christian faith and his commitment to advancing Judeo-Christian values in government and society. He was raised by missionary parents in the Philippines before returning to the U.S. to attend Asbury University, where he met Ginny, his wife of more than 50 years. After several years of teaching middle and high school math and science, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served three tours of duty in Vietnam. He was elected to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in 1972. Then he was elected to Congress in 1996. He chaired the Values Action Team for 19 years and he also chaired the House Subcommittee on Health, advocating for pro-life, pro-family legislation and religious freedom for all Americans. Having served on the frontlines of the culture and legislative wars for the last 40 years, Joe has a unique insight into the proper role of Christians in public life and government and how to effectively advocate for our religious freedoms and values.

David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics)
David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics)
CEO, Christian Medical & Dental Associations®

Dr. Stevens serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. He is the author of Jesus, MDBeyond Medicine, co-author of Leadership Proverbs and Servant Leadership.

From 1981 to 1991, Dr. Stevens served as a missionary doctor in Kenya helping to transform Tenwek Hospital into one of the premier mission healthcare facility in the world. Subsequently, he served as the Director of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, assisting mission hospitals and leading medical relief teams into war and disaster zones.   

As a leading spokesman for Christian doctors in America, Dr. Stevens has conducted hundreds of television, radio and print media interviews. Dr. Stevens holds degrees from Asbury University and is an AOA graduate University of Louisville School of Medicine and is board certified in family practice. He earned a master’s degree in bioethics from Trinity International University in 2002.

2018 National Convention: Workshop Speaker Biographies

Grat Correll
Grat Correll, MD, FAAFP
Workshop Speaker

Dr. Grat Correll is a family physician from Bristol, Tennessee, where he has been voted "Best Physician in Bristol" on several occasions. He is also an assistant professor with Quillen College of Medicine, where he serves as campus director for a CMDA student group. Dr. Correll has been active with GHO mission trips since the 1980's and has been a project director since the 1990's. He has also taught Saline Solution for over a decade for CMDA.

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Janet D. Liljestrand, MD
Workshop Speaker

Pediatrician, Retired
Dr. Liljestrand has been a pediatrician for over 40 years, retiring from active practice with Heritage Valley Pediatrics in June 2015.  She earned an MD degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, in 1973 and an MA in Bioethics from Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, in 2004.  Her interest in bioethics stems from experience within the practice of pediatrics and personal experience with a disabled child.

Fred Wells Brason II
Workshop Speaker

President/CEO, Project Lazarus
Fred Wells Brason II, Chaplain, is the Founding President/CEO of Project Lazarus, a public health model for preventing opioid/heroin overdose that presents responsible pain management and promotes substance use treatment and support services. Project Lazarus serves various parts of the US, including Military and Tribal groups. Brason has served on the FDA scientific workshop committees for the role of Naloxone in Opioid Overdose Fatality Prevention and Assessment of Analgesic Treatment of Chronic Pain, Co-Chaired the Expert Committee for the formulation of the SAMHSA Overdose Toolkit and Project Lazarus has been highlighted in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Strategies. US DHHS Healthy 2020 has featured Project Lazarus as a community organization addressing the opioid crisis. Mr. Brason received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award 2012.

John Pierce, Jr., MD
Workshop Speaker

John G. Pierce Jr., MD, is Chairman of Women’s Health at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) and practices with Women’s Health Services of Central Virginia. 

Dr. Pierce earned his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Florida, completed his internal medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center, and then completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Florida Health Science Center, Jacksonville. He was a faculty member at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University for 16 years serving as the Ob/Gyn Clerkship Director for nine years and Program Director for the Ob/Gyn residency for three years. 

He is passionate about teaching and clinical care, and he has received multiple clinical and teaching awards. He and his wife Nicole have four children. 

Peter Dawson, DDS
Workshop Speaker

Peter E. Dawson, D.D.S. is considered to be one of the most influential clinicians and teachers in the history of dentistry. He authored the best selling dental text, Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment of Occlusal Problems, which is published in 13 languages. His latest book is entitled Functional Occlusion: From TMJ to Smile Design. He is the founder of the “Concept of Complete Dentistry Seminar Series (SM)” as well as The Dawson Academy. In addition to numerous awards and special recognitions, Dr. Dawson is the past president and life member of the American Equilibration Society, a past president of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

Joy Riley
D. Joy Riley, MD, MA (Ethics)
Workshop Speaker

Executive Director, The Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture
Dr. Riley is the executive director of The Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture, a hospital ethics consultant, and a member of the CMDA Ethics Committee.  Additionally, she serves as an Adjunct Professor of Bioethics at Trinity International University.  Board certified in internal medicine, she has authored two books to date:  with Scott Rae, Outside the Womb (2011), and with C. Ben Mitchell, Christian Bioethics (2014).

Jon R. Ewig, DDS
Workshop Speaker

Private Practice, Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
Temple University Dental School,1980;  G.P.R. 1981 (Wright Patterson USAF Med Center); practiced general dentistry for 3 years, entering OMS training in San Antonio (Wilford Hall USAF Med Center), finishing in 1988. Private practice since 1991; Medical Director for facial trauma 23 years, Miami Valley Hospital;  Assist. Clinical Professor,  Dept. of Surgery,  Wright State U. Medical School.

Allen H. Roberts II, MD
Workshop Speaker

Private Practice, Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
Temple University Dental School,1980;  G.P.R. 1981 (Wright Patterson USAF Med Center); practiced general dentistry for 3 years, entering OMS training in San Antonio (Wilford Hall USAF Med Center), finishing in 1988. Private practice since 1991; Medical Director for facial trauma 23 years, Miami Valley Hospital;  Assist. Clinical Professor,  Dept. of Surgery,  Wright State U. Medical School.

Paul W Hruz, MD, PhD
Workshop Speaker

Associate Professor, Washington University
Paul W. Hruz is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Cellular Biology and Physiology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He completed residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle with a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Washington University in St Louis.  As faculty at Washington University he has served as Fellowship Program Director and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes.   He is a member of the University's Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) Multidisciplinary Care Program.  He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, scientific reviews and book chapters.

Bill Reichart
Bill Reichart, MDiv
Workshop Speaker

VP of Campus & Community Ministries, CMDA
With over 29+ years of ministry experience Bill currently works as the VP of Campus & Community Ministries of CMDA. Before coming to CMDA, Bill worked on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for over 17 years. Over the years, Bill has worked with college students at University of Rhode Island, UVA, and Towson University outside of Baltimore, MD—his home town. In 2004 Bill finished his M.Div. at RTS in Orlando. Bill is married to a beautiful woman for over 29 years, and has two college age daughters that have captured his heart.

John Norris, MD
Workshop Speaker

Medical Director, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Pinellas Arrhythmia Associates

Board-Certified: Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Fellow: American College of Cardiology
Fellow: Heart Rhythm Society 
Fellowship: Electrophysiology, Krannert Institute of Cardiology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Fellowship: Cardiology, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University School of Medicine, Hershey, PA
Residency: Internal Medicine, The Reading Hospital & Medical Center, Reading, PA
Internship: Medicine, The Reading Hospital & Medical Center, Reading, PA
MD: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 
BA: Biology, Magna Cum Laude, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH

"My father was an eye surgeon, and as a child I made house calls with him as he removed his patients' bandages. They would be able to see for the first time in a long while, and their satisfaction and gratitude were instantly evident. This was one of my earliest impressions, and I grew up realizing that medicine was a field in which someone could help a lot of people.

"Later, as a medical intern, I pulled from a car a man who had died as his wife drove him to the hospital. When the 'code cart' arrived on the front steps of the hospital, I shocked him with the defibrillator and resuscitated him. When he left the hospital in good health a week later, I knew that electrophysiology would be the field for me.

"While electrophysiology is challenging and complex, it gives me great satisfaction to help people deal with life-and-death problems. I feel fortunate to have the skill and experience to offer every modern electrophysiology technique, including advanced techniques for atrial fibrillation treatment."

Gene Rudd
Eugene G. Rudd, MD
Workshop Speaker

Senior VP, CMDA
Dr. Rudd served as Senior VP of CMDA since 1995. His experience is in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. Before coming to CMDA, Dr. Rudd served with Samaritan's Purse/World Medical Mission providing crisis relief in several international locations.

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AUDIO FILES from the 2018 National Convention:

Dr. David Stevens

"Unconditional Surrender"